[slip-uh-ree, slip-ree]
adjective, slipperier, slipperiest.
tending or liable to cause slipping or sliding, as ice, oil, a wet surface, etc.: a slippery road.
tending to slip from the hold or grasp or from position: a slippery rope.
likely to slip away or escape: slippery prospects.
not to be depended on; fickle; shifty, tricky, or deceitful.
unstable or insecure, as conditions: a slippery situation.

1525–35; alteration of slipper2; compare Low German slipperig; see -y1

slipperiness, noun
nonslippery, adjective
unslippery, adjective Unabridged
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slippery (ˈslɪpərɪ, -prɪ)
1.  causing or tending to cause objects to slip: a slippery road
2.  liable to slip from the grasp, a position, etc
3.  not to be relied upon; cunning and untrustworthy: a slippery character
4.  (esp of a situation) liable to change; unstable
5.  slippery slope a course of action that will lead to disaster or failure
[C16: probably coined by Coverdale to translate German schlipfferig in Luther's Bible (Psalm 35:6); related to Old English slipor slippery]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from slip (v.) (cf. O.E. slipor "slippery"). Metaphoric sense of "deceitful" is first recorded 1550s; slippery slope first attested 1951.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences for +slipperiness
Slipperiness degree to which the product slides over the tongue.
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